Cultural Beliefs and the Management of Infertility in Rajasthan

Bela Kothari


Culture has emerged as a common default explanation in health research, especially in research on certain groups who are thought to be particularly culture driven. In such societies where conflicting views are held about the causes of ailment, people may be confused as to which of the traditional or modern methods is the appropriate treatment. Modern health services may be under- used or used in conjunction with traditional methods in societies with fatalistic views about certain diseases. The need to understand the culture of a population arises, therefore, from the fact that the meaning of illness what people do in the situation of a health problem are basic factors influencing the reaction.

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